Celebrate and savor Cinco de Mayo

Happy Cinco de Mayo! From celebratory parties to savoring the flavor of delicious Mexican cuisine, the fifth of May is cause to crack open an ice cold brew. Mexican beers and beverages are packed with flavor and spice, making them a perfect complement to a festive weekend or any Cinco de Mayo party.

Cinco de Mayo traces its historical roots to May 5, 1862, when the Mexican army emerged victorious over French forces at the Battle of Puebla. Since then, May 5 has become a reason to celebrate and showcase Mexican heritage and culture. Cinco de Mayo falls on Monday this year, and Cherokee Distributing Company has selected a few tasty, authentic brews to get your celebrations started this weekend.

Flavor-packed and endorsed by “The Most Interesting Man in the World,” Dos Equis is an authentic Mexican beer offered by Heineken. Brewed in Mexico, Dos Equis Ambar delivers a classic Vienna-style lager with pale and roasted malts. This adventurous brew is best served ice cold. For a lighter option, try its counterpart, Dos Equis Lager Especial. This Mexican lager is crisp and refreshing, while maintaining a well-balanced taste.

For a rich, subtle sweetness, pour a Modelo Especial. First brewed in Mexico in 1925, this Pilsner lager came to the United States in 1990 and is now the No. 3 imported beer. Crisp and light, Modelo Especial pairs well with your favorite Mexican meal. To spice things up, try the latest beverage from Grupo Modelo, Modelo Especial Chelada, which blends fresh tomato, salt, lime and Modelo Especial to create a ready-to-enjoy traditional Mexican beverage.

Slice a lime and transport yourself to sandy paradise as you enjoy an icy Corona Extra or Corona Light. Crisp and hoppy, these brews make an excellent companion for any Cinco de Mayo celebration. Also brewed by Grupo Modelo and first introduced to the United States in 1981, Corona has become a beloved classic.

For a handcrafted, premium margarita, pop the top on Cayman Jack Margarita. This adult beverage blends 100 percent blue agave nectar and pure cane sugar and pairs well with any Mexican-inspired meal. Enjoying a margarita is a perfect way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, and Cayman Jack delivers a smooth, satisfying choice.

Cinco de Mayo may only officially last a day, but you can extend the fun. The following day, May 6, is National Beverage Day, so keep sipping your favorites! And, as always, drink responsibly.